I really haven’t found a single subject I’m not somewhat interested in.– Jeremy Gleick, a UCLA student who for the past 2 1/2 years has devoted an hour a day to self-learning, most of it online
Ryan Greenberg on lost opportunity →
Sometimes, you gotta laugh.
Mary Wroth: a crown of sonnets →
The Marilyn Meme →
aamoergosum asked: I'll probably have to reread it before I actually understand it totally :P
Young people ask me about becoming a writer, and they really haven’t read, not...– John Updike (via austinkleon)
AMERICAN GODS US Kindle $1.99 edition...
neil-gaiman: It looks like no-one at Amazon has noticed and taken their American Gods Kindle Special down yet. It’s http://say.ly/Qrj1i92 and was only meant to have been a 24 hour special, so may not last for very long.
GUNG HAY FAT CHOY!
Make good stuff, then make it easy for people to buy it. There’s your...– Jonathan Coulton (via merlin)
It’s not just about writing all the time. It’s about whether you’re doing the...– Junot Diaz, to a high school student His book? The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao. Read it.
and the next stage begins... →
There is a Certain Slant of Light....Emily...
There’s a certain slant of light, On winter afternoons, That oppresses, like the weight Of cathedral tunes. Heavenly hurt it gives us; We can find no scar, But internal difference Where the meanings are. None may teach it anything, ‘Tis the seal, despair,- An imperial affliction Sent us of the air. When it comes, the landscape listens, Shadows hold their breath; When it goes, ‘t...
Alcibiades vs. Chuck Norris
fuckyeahalcibiades: Alcibiades was the Chuck Norris of Classical Greece. He could convince anyone of anything. If Chuck Norris fought at Thermopylae, the film would be called “1” If Alcibiades fought at Thermopylae, the city of Athens would gain a million extra soldiers. INDEED. (but bear in mind he fought at Potidaea, got wounded, and only survived because Socrates stayed with him and...
The Metropolitan Museum of Art - Peony →
Lizzie Siddal: Rossetti's Muse
Lizzie as painted by Dante Gabriel Rossetti Lizzie Siddal as Ophelia (Millais) We found her hidden just behind those screens, That mirror gave back all her loveliness. A queen in opal or in ruby dress, A nameless girl in freshest summer greens, A saint, an angel; – every canvass means The same one meaning, neither more nor less. He feeds upon her face by day and night, And she with true...
Thanks to AP, now I am obsessing over this. →
The sender of a message can never fully know his recipient’s mental code book…....– James Gleick, The Information (via austinkleon)
To Marina (excerpt)
Let’s take a walk Into the world Where if our shoes get white With snow, is it snow, Marina, Is it snow or light? Let’s take a walk Every detail is everything in its place (Aristotle). Literature is a cup And we are the malted. The time is a glass. A June bug comes And a carpenter spits on a plane, the flowers ruffle ear rings. I am so dumb-looking. And you are...
POETRYEATER: A.F. Moritz, "Essential Poem" →
poetryeater: For John Hollander Although it’s likely you’re on your own at this moment in this city of three million reading the poems of Traherne, and there was no one till you lit your lamp, the kingdom of childhood keeps being founded in his voice and his seeing, which are a sort of birth. A birth…
Good Morning, Ladies and Gentlemen. I will be your hierophant today. Please follow me into the great unknown on page 342 of your book.
WE ARE ALL HODGMAN Ahh…you see, this is where you make your fundamental...– Neil Gaiman on John Hodgman via the Nerdist Podcast #106 We are all Hodgman. Amen.
You need the eye, the hand, and the heart. Two...
There is no darkness but ignorance.– Act IV, Twelfth Night